On chocolate

Just don't buy any. Easter and chocolate? This is one celebration that is out of touch with our modern times. 

love this post by 1 million women.. Great! 

Approximately 50% of products on supermarket shelves contain palm oil, and chocolate is a key player in the use of palm oil.

I was born into a Jewish-Athiest, Anti-Consumerist family, so Easter was never really a big deal for me anyway. The only chocolates I received at this time were from friends at school who felt sorry for me. This used to upset me, I mean as much as any kid deprived of chocolate would be upset, but now after learning about what is in chocolate and the method of getting it's ingredients such as Palm Oil (and also after learning what all this chocolate does to my thighs) I have decided that no chocolate at Easter is actually great! 

However, for many of you who do not come from such a religiously confused background as I do, Easter chocolates are a must!

on obesity

Will China have obesity?
Mark Bittman on this subject in The New York Times.

"In the 21st century, it is inevitable that nearly every citizen of the world has been and will continue to be affected by the scourge of junk food and liquid candy. Even though intelligent proposals abound, few countries have attempted to curb their marketing or sales. Without limits, the consumption of unhealthy foods will result in higher rates of obesity, and therefore an increase in associated diseases and premature deaths."

Still you have got to keep in mind, that genes play a large role in obesity as does culture. There is plenty of junk food and liquid candy in other countries where obesity is not as out of control as in America, Australia, UK, NZ et al.  Obesity is a complex societal problem and solutions have not been forthcoming. However there is quite a lot happening at the moment in various scientific fields that may shed some light and offer some solutions. Anyway too much to write in a short blogpost.


Cheerfully yours,



on innovation

Get off the Grass New Zealanders!

I guess we all know that innovation drives progress, everywhere even here in New Zealand. This book champions innovators and challenges policy makers and the community at large to create a platform which encourages and embraces them. I wholeheartedly concur. 

Must read for anyone working, writing or thinking about innovation. Brilliant!

Get Off The Grass, by Shaun Hendy